Sikh Art & Film Foundation

Saturday, October 4, 2008 | All Day | Asia Society & Museum
725 Park Avenue at 70th Street, New York, NY

Celebrate the rich Heritage, Traditions & Culture of Sikhs and the immigrant experience
through a diverse mix of Documentaries, Short & Feature Films…

  • Feature Presentation: Ocean of Pearls (Oversold - 350 guests)

  • Documentaries (Full House - 270 guests):
    • Sikhs in America - Emmy Award Winner
    • A Dream in Doubt - Featured on PBS Independent Lens
    • Pahelwani - History, Tradition and Art of Punjabi Wrestling
    • The Sky Below

  • Ten Short & Children's Films

  • Attended by over 30 Filmmakers, Producers, Judges, Actors & Celebrities from across the Globe

  • Distinguished Panel of Judges decided the Winners in Short & Documentary Genres

  • Cash Awards totaling $15,000 were presented to Winners in different Genres

  • After Party at Asia Society's Garden Court (attended by over 400 guests)
    • High Energy Bhangra & Punjabi Music by DJ Rekha
    • Guest Performance by Meetu Chilana
    • Special Performance by the Rutgers University Bhangra Team


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Annual Sikh Film Festival 2008

Shonali Bose "It was truly a remarkable event. In fact in my 17 years of living here - I have never attended such a grand and well organized event put up by any community. So heartiest congratulations. You also have a powerful outreach - as I got more calls from all over the world over this award than even the National Award.”

- Shonali Bose (Amu), recipient of Sikh Art & Film Foundation’s Courage Award 2007
Kevin Lee “As a non-Sikh, I offer a fresh perspective that does not take their cultural uniqueness for granted.  More importantly, upon witnessing and reflecting on the beliefs and personal struggles of Sikh Americans, I have grown immensely through my journey with them, not just as a filmmaker but as a human being. ”

- Kevin Lee (Dastaar)
Sharat Raju & Valarie Kaur "After 9/11, when our community's stories were not worthy of being on CNN or NBC, these filmmakers went out and captured them. It was an amazing service to our community. Our children and your children will be watching and remembering and learning from what happened in this moment in our history.”

- Amardeep Singh, Executive Director, the Sikh Coalition on Sharat Raju & Valarie Kaur (Divided We Fall)